How RV Solar Works

Solar power lets you take your RV off-grid and still use your refrigerator, lights and other appliances. The best part? It’s cost-effective, environmentally friendly, and requires little maintenance – but how does it work? In this guide we will explain how RV solar works, and the components to a complete solar charging system.


A Complete RV Solar Charging System

To power your RV’s internal components requires a number of moving parts, which all work together to collect, store and provide the power you need. Check out the interactive graphic below to learn more about the various components and how they interact.

Solar and Power Inverters

A solar panel is made up of individual solar cells — small devices that can convert sunlight to energy. Solar panels convert the sun’s energy into direct current (DC) electricity, and this charges your RV’s batteries, storing the electricity. When several panels are joined together you have a solar array.


If you’re asking yourself “But how much solar do I need?” Click here to check out our Solar Sizing Guide.


But how does that become usable power? By pairing your solar charging system with a power inverter, you can convert the DC power generate by solar to household AC (alternating current) power, to run your RV lights and appliances.


Sizing the right inverter for your RV is easy. Click here to learn how to size a power inverter for your RV. 



Want to Know More?

This brief video provides a more detailed, technical explanation of the process: